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Mary Durack TO BE HEIRS FOREVER First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback of TO BE HEIRS FOREVER, by Mary Durack and published by Constable and Company Ltd., London in 1976. Signed and dated by Mary Durack on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean green cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine which has light bumping to the corners), with minor wear to the illustrated dust jacket which is price clipped (light creasing to edges and light rubbing to a couple of corners). There is a previous owner's inscription on the half title page, very slight tanning inside the jacket and a few foxing spots on the page ends. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Dame Mary Durack DBE OBE was born to the heritage of a pioneering family. Long recognised as one of Australia's great literary figures, she wrote 15 books, short stories, poems, plays and film scripts. Mary Durack wrote under the name "Virgilia" for The West Australian during 1937–38, a column for women and children in rural areas. In 1950 she wrote the novel Keep Him My Country.

Other important works include the saga of the Durack family, Kings in Grass Castles (1959) and its sequel, Sons in the Saddle; and a play, Swan River Saga: Life of Early Pioneer Eliza Shaw (1976). And this biography, To Be Heirs Forever, also used Eliza Shaw as a subject. Durack also continued to write children's literature, most notably the story of the Nyungar man, Yagan, which was published in 1964 as The Courteous Savage: Yagan of the Bibbulmun and Tjakamarra: Boy between two worlds.

Other works by Mary Durack included a two–act play, Ship of Dreams; an Australian Settler (1968); The Rock and the Sand (1969) is a history of missionaries in the state; The Aborigines in Australian Literature (1978) is part of the non-fiction component of her work, a subject often forming the basis of many of her works of fiction. Durack was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to literature in 1977. In 1989 she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). She died in 1994.

To Be Heirs Forever is a record through the eyes of a remarkable woman. Eliza Shaw died in 1877, so her story encompasses almost the entire first half-century of the settlement of Perth and its surrounds. She left an invaluable legacy of letters and journals. Mary Durack first wrote the story of Eliza Shaw as a monologue for the 1972 Perth Festival where it played to packed audiences. It has since toured throughout Australia.To Be Heirs Forever will appeal to lovers of Australiana, family sagas, stories of pioneering women and pioneering life (such as The Letters of Rachel Henning) and Mary Durack's writing.The late Mary Durack was one of the great chroniclers of the West and Australia's past.

"This is the story of Eliza Shaw, a young lady of nineteenth century Leicestershire, who exchanged her world of drawing rooms and embroidery for the brushwood huts and back-breaking labour of a pioneer settlement in Western Australia. Responding to a glowing newspaper report of the Swan River Valley, which depicted it as a rich and fertile paradise, Eliza and her husband Will, with their six children, two servants, and some livestock and tools, cheerfully set sail in 1829 for the other side of the world.

They were never to see their beloved Leicestershire friends again. But Eliza wrote to them - long spirited letters chronicling the months at sea, the disastrous arrival at the infant settlement of Fremantle, the heat, the sand, the hardships and calamities, the brilliant flowers and birds, the strange Aborigines, and the courage and comradeship of the small band of settlers.

The new colony was nothing like the paradise it had been proclaimed. The land was sandy and infertile: there was at first no convict labour, and so for decades no proper roads, harbour or Government buildings. Money was so short that settlers had to rely on barter. But they struggled on, and Eliza's letters and journal record the triumphs and money troubles, the birth of three more children, the lease of new properties, and then the spread of the family as children married and settled in new parts of the colony.

Eliza's friends kept those letters and later sent them to archives in Perth. There they were found by Mary Durack, whose previous books Kings In Grass Castles and The Rock and the Sand also chronicle early Australia, and who expertly fills in the background to this fascinating and lively historical record."

286 pages. illustrated with black & white photographs and illustrations on green endpapers..

ISBN: 0 09 461100 9

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